May 18th, 2008
04:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton: 'Think about this as a hiring decision'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption= "Sen. Hillary Clinton has vowed to stay in the race until all states have a say." ]
(CNN) - Despite Sen. Barack Obama's commanding lead in the delegate count, Sen. Hillary Clinton campaigned hard Sunday, telling voters she's "running for the toughest job in the world."

Clinton spent her weekend in Kentucky, which, along with Oregon, holds its Democratic contest Tuesday.

Clinton is favored in Kentucky, while polls show Obama with a comfortable lead in Oregon.

Speaking in Bowling Green, the senator from New York said it was a "treat" to have the whole state to herself since Obama would not be returning there.

Clinton has faced calls to drop out of the race since she trails Obama across all fronts - pledged delegates, superdelegates and the popular vote.

Clinton has recently been claiming a lead over Obama in the popular vote, a debatable claim, especially because the Democratic National Committee doesn't count the votes of Florida and Michigan, which Clinton does.

Florida and Michigan were stripped of their delegates for scheduling their primaries too early, and Clinton was the only top-tier candidate whose name was on the ballot in Michigan.

Clinton's campaign also excludes the caucus states in their popular vote count.

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  1. R. Squibbs

    I can't wait until this is all over so I'm no longer compelled to watch Clinton destroy every last shred of her credibility. How a grown, intelligent woman can stand up there, day after day, and insist she's ahead in the popular vote by counting only the votes she likes (FL & MI) and not counting the ones she doesn't (the caucus states), simply boggles my mind. Never mind the fact (as lots of people have pointed out) that FL & MI only became her cause AFTER she found herself losing the race. It's just sad and pathetic to watch.

    May 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Jeff, North Dakota

    Very well. Others are better qualified. Look elsewhere for employment, Mrs. Clinton.

    May 18, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  3. William Milelr

    Yes. Let’s think of this as a hiring decision. Hillary Clinton got us into a disastrous war that has left thousands of Americans and Iraqis killed and maimed. Many people know the war was a mistake, but Hillary went along with it because she valued her political career more than American lives. Would you let some one with this history of errors run the country.

    Let’s also view democracy as a product we want to sell. Let’s view our target market as the Middle East, (Let’s throw in North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa as well.) With that in mind, let’s take a Madison Avenue marketing approach.

    First of all, let’s examine our target market.
    1. Demographically, the Middle East and Africa are very young. We’ll need some one who “markets” to the young.
    2. Many of these young people are angry at religious authorities for denying them the harmless pastimes of the young. The governments of Egypt, Syria and Iran are particularly unpopular. So among the young So are many religious authorities.
    3. HOWEVER, in the opposite direction, almost all young people in the Middle East bitterly resent the US occupation of Iraq. They are well aware of the senseless killings by security firms like Blackwater. Many young men feel called upon to fight against the Infidel Invader to protect the lives of women and children.
    4. In addition, there a soaring unemployment rate throughout the urban areas of the Islamic world. In countries like Algeria, you will find a vast gap between the very rich and the very poor. This income gap breeds bitterness, resentment and despair.
    5. For this reason, Islamic Fundamentalism is making in roads in many areas. Fundamentlaists are setting up mosques connected with social services and recruiting terrorists. They promise terrorists that they will fight against the Americans in Iraq. Many of these terrorists become disillusioned when they discover they’ve been recruited to commit terrorists acts against fellow Muslims. Islamic Fundamentalists get their money through oil- particularly through Saudi Arabia. Our addiction to Hummers and SUV’s indirectly fund the Islamic terrorism we so love to hate and fear.
    With these realities in mind. Whom should we choose as our marketing representative?
    John McCain looks just like the guy who bombed your village during a wedding celebration (by accident) and killed half your family. In addition, his campaign manager, Charlie Black, is a lobbyist to Blackwater, a security firm that has a license to kill innocent Iraqi women and children. Is McCain a good marketing representative.
    If we’re really serious about marketing democracy. We need some one who sort of looks like the target audience. We need some one who wore clothing that to us seems like a “funny Muslim” costume, but is ordinary attire in the Islamic world. We need some one who even shares names widely used in the Middle East, names like Barack, which means blessing, or names like Hussein, which means good and /or handsome. Above all we need some one who can reach out to the young with a message of change and hope. We need some one who is actually more popular among the young than many of the current leaders in the Islamic world.
    If we’re serious about promoting peace and democracy in the Middle East, if we seriously expect the people of the Middle East to overcome centuries of mutual hatred and distrust, we must practice what we preach. We need to hire Barack Obama a landslide victory in November.

    May 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  4. Math Wiz

    Usually, honesty is a policy for employment. I know it's a crazy concept to Hillary supporters, but some companies, (or countries, for that matter,) seek candidates who are not only honest, but are team players. Hillary possesses none of these qualities, and doctoring one's resume is a grounds for dismissal.

    C'mon, Hillary! You've only got a few weeks left to come up with even more pathetic analogies. Then you can apply for a job you are actually qualified for: self-imploding image destroyer.

    May 18, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |




    May 18, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Maggie VT

    I am stunned!!!!!! According to the media, Hillary will not be the nominee. They say she is not saying anything bad about Obama!!!! So why pray tell, is she still saying she is the best candidate, she can do this, she can do that!!!! I for one am not fooled by her games she is now playing. There is no doubt in my mind she is going to start problems. She continues to say she is leading in the popular vote but she isn't. And I would like to know about all she intends to pay for all those programs she insist on talking about. I think McCain is right about her, if we thought Bush was bad, we better take a second look at what she is doing. She has taken several and has used several different ways to pay for what she is promising. I will be glad when this is over!!!!!!

    May 18, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  7. Tom in CA

    I'm sorry but this hiring hall is closed!

    May 18, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  8. president

    Hillary does have the popular vote! We do have 50 states. Why don't you look it up and see. We are not suppose to be a communist country but that is what the big wigs in Washington want us to think.

    If you have any decency and care about our country you would want all people to have a voice, not just the African AMericans and the elite.

    May 18, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. Donald from SC

    How do you convince people who believe you are a Muslim, yet disagree with your membership of being in a Christian church for 20 years; and also believe that as President of the USA you will enslave white people to vote for you? How can you reason with folks who believe you are not O.K when they view your wife as anti-american for saying, " for the first time in my adult life I am REALLY proud to be an American." Yet believe that a person who could go before a foreign government and accuse half of the US government of being Nazi want-to-be's as being a true American and pro-patriotic?

    There are closed minds and there are open minds. The ONLY person who can open a closed-minded person's mind is that person himself. It also helps when you don't have hate planters out seeding the minds of folks.

    May 18, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. MS in SC

    Hillary has the most votes since the beginning of the campaign, and she is the most qualified to do the job without having to go through the "on the job" training that Obama would have to do. We need the help right away! We don't really have time for Obama to figure out how to get the job done.

    May 18, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. joel

    Welcome to the Supreme court Mrs. clinton.................

    May 18, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  12. KM from MD

    If this is a job interview Hillary, then you have missed the signs that the interview is WAY over. Keep talking, it's getting you nowhere. At this point you are just digging the hole deeper confirming you won't get a call back even when there are future job openings.

    Obama or McCain '08

    May 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. James Bailey

    Forget hiring her. Can we fire her from the Senate and make her go away?

    May 18, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  14. What Experience?

    The kind of experience Hillary is talking about must be what led her to vote for the Iraq war; vote to allow Bush and Co cover to bomb Iran; race bait in her campaign for the nomination; mim-mic the worst Republican tactics when running against a democratic; spout the same tired logic about 'talking to enemies'. I don't understand why they think it is so wrong to talk to someone before you bomb them?

    If this is the experience Hillary means then yes she has it and that would be fine if the job were to conttinue Bush's third term, but it is it?

    May 18, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Steven

    I am white and pour and a blue collar voters and only past the 8 grade but Hillary Clinton the rest of the blue collar voters can let you call them dummys if they wont but not me "BACH OFF" I was smart enuff to not wont the war and knowed better than to believe Bush and if my spouse sin the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),they would not be my partner in marriage. I know that might be a surprise to some Hillary supporters And to Senator Hillary Clinton her self the Clinton & Bush sold out my country NO more Clinton no mor Bush. Thank you Mr.Obama

    May 18, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
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